Focalin® (dexmethylphenidate hydrochloride) is a stimulant; however, it has a calming effect, making it effective in treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Children and teenagers with ADHD who took the drug in clinical studies had significant improvement in their symptoms, compared to children and teenagers with ADHD who did not take it. The medication is not approved for use in adults.
Possible side effects of Focalin include stomach pain, fever, and nausea. However, most people are able to take it without any problems. The medicine comes in tablet form and is typically taken twice a day, with at least four hours between doses.
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